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Influencer Talk: How I Met My Best Mates at Uni

15 Oct 2018
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It’s that time of the year again: it’s freshers’ season!

We know that many new uni students worry about not making friends or not finding their tribe; that’s why we reached out to some of our favourite bloggers and YouTubers to find out how they met their uni besties, so you can learn from their experiences and maybe pick up a few tips!

1. Love Thy Neighbour

Whether you’re moving into halls of residence or in with a student accommodation like Fusion, you will have people living around you – so start there!

YouTuber Jack Edwards met his best mates at uni on the very first day, “I left my bedroom door propped open, and slowly each of my new flatmates came in for a chat, and we instantly got on like a house on fire! Thankfully, the house never actually caught fire…” Invest in a door stop and keep your door open – it’s a surefire way to look inviting and sociable to those you live with.

2. Put Yourself Out There

You’re not going to make any friends sitting in your room and binge-watching Netflix! Make sure you stay up-to-date with all the events that are happening and get all the information you need. Blogger Lauren Hewitt met her best friend at an accommodation event, “All our halls were full and we needed to buddy up to find private halls, her mum noticed we both had festival wristbands on – hers Reading, mine Leeds – we got chatting over bands we’d seen and the rest is history!”

3. Make the First Move

Take it from those in the know: style blogger James Scoffin met his best friend through biting the bullet and starting conversation in his first ever lecture, “We found out we lived in the same area, had mutual friends and were also on the same course, which made it so much easier to get along!”

Sometimes you just have to take the plunge and say hi to people! You may feel nervous, but (as you’ve probably heard time and time again) everyone is in the same boat. We all go through the first day at uni; sitting in a big lecture hall and feeling lonely, worrying that you’re not going to make any friends – but it’s important to remember that everyone in the room is probably thinking the same.

4. Be Social (Media – that is!)

London-based blogger and recent graduate Channon Gray met her best friend from university on Twitter, “She replied to my tweet about Harry Styles saying that she was sat behind me in the SU cafe. It was very random!”

Find your university’s social media pages, see who you will be sharing your uni experience with, have a good deep dive into your coursemates’ walls to scope out who’s on your wavelength, and start making friends! This way you don’t have to feel as though you don’t know anyone when you arrive at university.

5. Go with the Flow

Many people will tell you that friends you make at uni are friends for life – this may be true for some, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll meet them during freshers’ week.

Fashionista Kristina Maggiora met her best pal in the library, “We did do the same course but we started actually talking in the library whenever we would come across each other looking for books. By the third year we were sitting together working on our final major projects, and laughing and crying together.” So, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to immediately seek out people who you can stick together through thick and thin with – take each encounter as it comes, and don’t take it to heart if you don’t meet your BFF straightaway.


Make the Most of Your University Experience

Take a look at our blog to learn more about what you can look forward to in your life as a uni student, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.